Friday, August 13, 2010

[Sunlight] Mercy and wrath


Everyone can distinguish mercy from wrath,
whether he is wise or innocent or corrupt,
but a mercy hidden in wrath,
or wrath hidden in the heart of mercy
can only be recognized by one whose heart
contains a spiritual touchstone.


Qahr-râ az lotf dânad har kasi
khvâh dânâ khvâh nâ-dân yâ khassi
Lik lotfi qahr dar panhân shodeh
yâ qahri dar del-e lotf âmadeh
Kam kasi dânad magar rabbâniyi
kash bovad dar del mehakk-e jâniyi

-- Mathnawi III: 1506-1508
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra



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